Over the weekend I brought you the ‘true’ story behind the Timur Bekmambetov-produced Apollo 18; it’s also the ‘true’ story behind the Olatunde Osunsanmi-written Dark Moon. See, they’re both essentially the same movie - mockumentaries about secret missions to the Moon to recover alien lifeforms. Again, check out my ‘true’ story post to find out from where this concept originated.
Apollo 18 is at the Weinstein Company while Dark Moon was at Warner Bros (and was always a mystery. Osunsanmi wrote and directed the really abysmal alien abduction movie The Fourth Kind, so I never understood why anybody would give him another chance in the same genre). But Dark Moon is no longer at Warner Bros, as they put the film in turnaround as soon as they heard about Apollo 18. But wait! The saga isn’t over yet! It turns out that Dark Castle has stepped up to the plate to rescue Dark Moon.
Which is funny because Dark Castle is set up at Warner Bros, so I guess Warner Bros is going to be distributing this movie whether they like it or not.
There’s going to continue being a spate of found footage movies in the near future. Expect a Paranormal Activity 3: Katie vs The Dog next Halloween, and Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli has a scifi found footage movie called Area 51 in the can. Then there are these two competing Moon alien movies.
But I think that the Dark Moon hot potato, combined with the fact that Roland Emmerich’s The Zone, a $5 million alien invasion mockumentary that was to start shooting next week just got shut down, might mean that people are getting antsy about the style. How long can the found footage thing be fresh? Are we already reaching the limits?